And He said to them, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.
The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.
In 2019, we are going into the Harvest. Next for Edmond’s First Baptist Church (EFBC) is four fields, the platform for how we are going to focus on 2019. Our goals include:
(1) Open Fields
The open field represents groups of people we hope to target over the next year. Those who really have needs in mercy, compassion, and evangelism.
(2) Plant Seeds
The Gospel is the seed. We will go where the greatest needs are and begin to plant seeds of compassion, mercy, love, and gospel witness.
(3) Seeds Grow
As the seeds begin to grow in a fertile field the seeds begin to sprout and grow.
(4) The Harvest
The Harvest is where we bundle up what we are ministering to. The primary way of accomplishing this mission is through our Connection Groups. EFBC's mission statement:
We are a Family of Faith Passionately connecting to Christ, His Church, His Word, and His Mission for His Glory.
- Connect to Christ = Evangelism.
- Connect to His Church = We are created for Worship and Fellowship.
- Connect to His Word = We are called to make disciples.
- Connect to His Mission = We are all ministers to the Gospel.
Meeting Needs in the Community
(1) Special Needs Ministry
A ministry that meets the needs of special needs children and adults along with their families.
- EFBC’s Bridges: Special Needs Ministry: we will be expanding this existing ministry
- Partnership with Wings: hosting their upcoming annual Christmas Production; Developing Day Camps; Vacation Bible School in 2020.
(2) Healthcare Ministry
EFBC will be a church that cares for the whole person and the whole body spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- A Ministry covering Auto-Immune Disorders and Mental Health Issues
- Partnering with OU Health Sciences Center and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to provide a Health Fair and Screening
(3) International Ministry
By 2021, the International population will be the second largest percentage at 12.5% of Edmond. Leading this is the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond with the 5.5% of the student body in comparison to The University of Oklahoma (OU) at 4.1%, and Oklahoma State University (OSU) at 3.5 %. What better way to fulfill the greater commission than to reach the ends of the earth right here in our own backyard. Programs include:
- International Ministry: we will be expanding this existing ministry
- C.R.I.S.P. through UCO which pairs international students with families to give them a first-hand experience of how American families live and American families may learn about other cultures.
- Church Plant: a new Bengali Church is meeting at EFBC
(4) Single Family Ministry
There is collage of single families (moms, dads, grandparents) raising children in our community, 10% of Edmond households.
- Hold need based fairs, money management classes, and parenting classes
- Establishing Affinity Groups to connect them to EFBC
- Partnering with Turning Point Ministries: a non-profit faith-based community organization dedicated to building affordable housing for hard-working moderate-income families in Edmond. They aim to spread the love of Jesus Christ one home at a time and are developing a neighborhood called Heritage Village.
- Partnering with Pregnancy Resource Center in Edmond: helps both women and men with unplanned pregnancies.
- Partnering with Foster Care and Adoption in Oklahoma by partnering with Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) and hosting Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) to train individuals to open doors to the community so we may educate, train, and minister with Foster Care and Adoption.
- EFBC has enlisted with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Care Portal which brings the needs of hurting children and families in our community to our attention.
(5) Low Income Ministry
The poverty level in Edmond is 10% with 9.1% who are uninsured.
- Oak Ridge Estates Ministry
- Supporting Project 66 Food & Resource Center in Edmond who served 16,839 representing 5,613 families last year (80% live in Edmond).
- Bryant Grove Apartment Ministry
Meeting financial, physical, mental, and spiritual needs.
The Harvest Event
Mark your calendar for 2019 “The Harvest” event on Sunday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 25 including:
- Guest speaker Jeremy Freeman, pastor from First Baptist Church New Castle
- Special event for children
- Time of celebrating and rejoicing about all that God is doing
Its time to go and plant the seed and as the seed grows let us be faithful to bundle the harvest but it is going to take laborers.